Grains 101

Faith Webb Hr. 3

FOODS IN THE GRAINS GROUP

TWO SUB GROUPS

Refined Grains

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Grains that have had the bran and germ removed to make a finer texture and also improves the "good by" date.

Whole Grains

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Natural grains that have every part of it.

WHAT IS AN OUNCE?

NUTRIENTS

B Vitamins- Help the body release proteins, fats, and carbs and also place a key role in your metabolism.

Dietary Fibers- Can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and lower the risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

Iron- which is used to carry oxygen to the blood.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Consuming whole grains as part of a healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Consuming foods containing fiber, such as whole grains, as part of a healthy diet, may reduce constipation.

Eating whole grains may help with weight management.

Eating grain products fortified with folate before and during pregnancy helps prevent neural tube defects during fetal development.

FOOD LABEL

1. Whole Grain products usually have a stamp on them that say it is a whole grain item.

2. Many whole grain products not yet using the Stamp will list the grams of whole grain somewhere on the package, or say something like "100% whole wheat."

3. With the Whole Grain Stamp, finding three servings of whole grains is easy: Pick three foods with the 100% Stamp or six foods with ANY Whole Grain Stamp.

4. If you see the words "whole grain" without more details, such as "crackers made with whole grain" the product may contain only miniscule amounts of whole grains.

5. If the first ingredient listed contains the word "whole" (such as "whole wheat flour" or "whole oats"), it is likely – but not guaranteed – that the product is predominantly whole grain.

FOOD LABEL TIPS

1. Check Ingredients

2. Look for a 'Whole Grain" or "100% Grain" sticker.